Kia Optima Midsize | Compact

Kia Optima Midsize | Compact 

DESCRIPTION

Pros:

  • Strong and fuel efficient engines
  • Much improved interior design and quality
  • Lots of standard equipment makes it a strong value/li>
  • Impressive safety scores
  • 60 month/60k mile warranty
Cons:
  • Detached feel from steering response
  • Low profile compromises headroom
Ruling: Kia has a strong reputation for value and the Optima is attractive on many counts to capture the buyers willing to take a risk. The Optima's long list of options and lengthy warranty should make it a compelling choice for those who want a sedan that won't get lost in the four-door crowd.

Now in its third generation, the 2011 Kia Optima features an all-new crisp and modern design that distinguishes it from the rest of the cars in its class.

Under the skin, the Optima uses the same platform as the 201 Hyundai Sonata. The cars share nearly identical dimensions: they both have a 110-inch wheelbase, and the Optima is just an inch longer overall than the Sonata.

The new Optima offers a choice of three powertrains, including a hybrid. The first to arrive will be a 200-hp, 2.4-liter, direct-fuel-injected, four-cylinder engine, paired with a six-speed transmission (manual or automatic, take your pick). Whether you choose manual or automatic, the Optima will return an impressive 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

The second Optima powertrain option offered is a 274-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that's an option in the Sonata. That powerhouse will be joined exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission and provide 22 mpg city and a rather astounding 34 mpg highway.

The hybrid Optima will debut in early 2011.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 21, 2015]
Kathryn R
Model Reviewed: Kia Optima SX GDI Turbo

Strength:

The list is endless. Double moonroof. Heated front AND back seats. Front seats cool off too. Glove box has an a/c vent to cool off drinks. Wow! Did I mention how faaaassst it is? OMG. It will throw you back in the seat and burn the tires at 30 mph. Blows my mind. 8 Infiniti speakers. Sporty seats. Very unusual looking. Get tons of compliments. Huge trunk. It handle well. I LOVE THIS CAR!!!!!

Weakness:

It rides bumpy. Especially in the back seat.

I couldn't be happier. Truly! I have the red one. Someone told me it's a sexy car. They are right!

Similar Products Used:

Chevrolet Nova SS. Fast... Pontiac Grand Prix LE. Daewoo Leganza.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 11, 2014]
Kathryn
Model Reviewed: KIA Optima SV Turbo

Strength:

Looks. Style. Turbo is FAST! Braking. Heated/cooled seats. A/C in the rear seats. Stereo. Dual moonroofs. Dual 12 volt access to charge cell phones. Cooled glove box. Too many to mention. Way out does the competitors! I shopped them all!!!

Weakness:

None that I can find and I've owned a number of cars previously.

I wanted this car as soon as it came out. I read review after review for 2 years before I purchased it. Bought it in Nov. 2012 and am so glad I did. It out performs my wildest dreams. It's a turbo and is the FASTEST car I've ever had and I do like fast cars. It's spicy red. Since I purchased it preowned, I saved about $15,000.00! Wow! I went to buy a new one and realized how much more I could get in preowned. Dual moon roof is awesome. Heated/cooled seats are wonderful! The stereo is incredible. Did I mention how fast it is... Stopping in a hurry is incredible. Seats are so comfy. It's absolutely the car of my dreams (with a budget) and rivals the Lexus which is ridiculously expensive. Why pay more? So gald I bought it! It is made in S. Korea and so was my last car. Last car was best car I ever owned so far. It NEVER EVER broke down or left me stranded. Koreans do it right and I am an American and would prefer to by American however, the history of GM and other American car manufacturers leave a lot to be desired. Would never by American again till they get their act together..

Similar Products Used:

Chevrolet Caprice, Pontiac Grad Prix LE, Daewoo Leganze SE. Chrysler (older) Sports Fury.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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